This year, Turkey celebrates its fiftieth anniversary as a republic. Celebrations began with a simple?
This year, Turkey celebrates its fiftieth anniversary as a republic. Celebrations began with a simple ceremony at the tomb of Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Republic, on Monday (October 30).
Later in the day, there was a large military parade in Ankara. The parade was reviewed by Turkey's President, Fahri Koruturk. All sections of Turkey's Armed Forces, from the Marines to the Army, were represented in the march-past. Paratroopers provided a colourful display, descending from the sky with coloured smoke canisters tracing their fall.
Other organisations, including trade unions, sports clubs and boy scouts took part in the parade which was attended by foreign diplomats and guests, as well as Turkish dignitaries.
The highlight of Turkey's anniversary came on Tuesday (October 30) with the opening of the Bosphorous Bridge, linking Europe with Asia.